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  • 1. 7 Day Cycling Adventure through Croatia 2010 This is a fantastic Southern Visions’ seven (7) day guided cycling trip through Croatia, which offers unparalleled beauty! Despite the hype, Croatia’s pleasures are more timeless than trendy. Along its 1778km coastline, a glistening sea winds around rocky coves, lapping at pine-fringed beaches. Istrian ports bustle with fishermen while children dive into the sparkling water. We must warn our guests to pay attention while they cycle, as the scenery is most inviting! Welcome to Croatia! Trip Highlights  Island Cruise Hopping to each destination  Wine tour and tasting  Native Cooking class and dinner  Walking tour of Hvar  Farewell Party and Presention WHAT YOU GET!!!  An outstanding adventure travel experience  Peace of mind you are with the most professional travel and tour company in Puglia  Local, native guides with knowledge of the secrets and mysteries of the region  6 nights lodging at 3 and 4 star hotels and resorts  7 breakfasts  5 Dinners  5 Lunches  All luggage transfers  Guest Shuttles  Professional Walking Tours through each destination  Professional Wine Tasting  Professional cooking lesson(s)  Daily snacks and happy hours  Detailed Maps and Route Notes Cost: 2699€ Single Supplement: 999€
  • 2. We will meet at the port of Dubrovnik at 9.00 a.m. You will find your Guide in a red and orange Southern Visions t-shirt. We suggest you arrive at least the night before – please check for flights arriving in Dubrovnik between 6 and 8 p.m. the night prior to our first day. (See the end of itinerary for recommendations on arriving and departing from the area). Cycling distances: Day 1: 39 km/24 miles Day 2: 37 km/23 miles Day 3: 27 km/17 miles + additional options Day 4: 41 or 61km/30 or 38 miles Day 5: 45 km/33 miles + additional options Day 6: 48 or 97 km/30 or 60 miles The terrain on this Croatia trip is considered moderate. This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain and moderate hills, with a few steep climbs on each of the 4 islands. Our van support will always be available for those who need assistance during the cycling rides. This trip is appropriate for athletic/energetic beginning cyclists to advanced cyclists. Day 1 Catamaran to Sobra 39 km cycle ride Lunch at Polace Bourbon Dinner at Hotel Odisej www.hotelodisej.hr Lodging: Hotel Odisej www.hotelodisej.hr Our trip begins in the historical city of Dubrovnik, one of the most special cities of Eastern Europe. The historical center is well-protected by its fortified walls, making it a wonderful place to stroll. Dubrovnik is a great place to start our journey, given its perfect location on the Adriatic Sea. After we meet in the port of Dubrovnik at 9:00 a.m., we’ll make our way to the port and cruise to the island of Mljet. Situated in the vicinity of the romantic city of Dubrovnik, Mljet it forms a group of south Dalmatian islands. Mljet is covered with luxuriant vegetation, and as such it has always been a desirable destination for demanding tourists, fans of untouched nature and wanderers on the track of legends about Odysseus and St. Paul. We will cycle from Polace, stopping for lunch, and explore the Mljet National Park and two saltwater lakes. After our ride, we will head to our lodging and dinner location for tonight at the seaside Hotel Odisej, which boasts a caring personnel, exceptional customer service and excellent cuisine. Be sure to get a good night’s rest! Day 2 Transfer to Korcula Island Walking Tour of Korcula 37 km cycle ride Wine Tasting at Toreta Winery
  • 3. Dinner at a local farm Lodging: Hotel Feral, www.korculainfo.com/places/brna/hotel-feral.htm Today we begin by transferring from Mljet to Korcula Island, one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea. Like most of the Croatian islands, the Greeks, who gave it the name Korkyra Melaina or 'Black Corfu' for its dark and densely wooded appearance, first settled Korcula. The island itself is rich in art and culture, as well as beautiful nature such as numerous tiny and secluded beaches and bays, small and uninhabited islands and breathtaking views. The main town on the island is also named Korcula. It is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian city, with its round defensive towers and cluster of red-roofed houses. Legend also has it that Marco Polo called Korcula Island, home. We will conduct an organized walking tour of the town, before you are on your own to explore the town’s amazing cafes and restaurants for lunch. Then, we will cycle to one of the island’s best vineyards for a lovely wine tasting. You will have some time to explore or rest before we head to dinner at a local small farm. Be sure to get rest this evening before another exciting day tomorrow! Day 3 Cruise and Lunch Aboard to Hvar Island 27 km cycle ride Lodging and Dining: Hotel Podstine, www.podstine.com After breakfast in Korcula, we will cruise to Hvar Island, having lunch aboard the ship. When we think of Hvar, we think about the island of heather, sunshine and crickets, the island of lavender, sage and wine and the island of rosemary and secluded coves. The north coast between Jelsa, Vrboska and Stari Grad is especially well-suited to cycling, and we will go for an exhilarating 27 km ride today. If you choose, you can cycle some additional kilometers after our group ride, or if you prefer you can explore the white sandy beaches at a nearby chain of islets known as the Resin islands for unparalleled swimming and snorkeling. After our day’s activities, we will relax at our accommodations, Hotel Podstine, before enjoying dinner at the hotel as well. Relax at the hotel in your room, by the pool, or head to the city center for some fun, which is only 15 minutes away. Tonight may be a good night to enjoy yourself, as we are lucky enough to wake up and stay in Hvar again tomorrow. Sweet Dreams amidst smells of lavender and rosemary, and sounds of the sea….. Day 4 Lunch at Antica Resto Hvar Walking Tour with a local guide 41-61 km cycle ride Dining: Cooking Class and Dinner with Margita Viskovic Lodging: Hotel Podstine, www.hotelpodstine.com We are very lucky to wake up and spend another day in Hvar. From the very beginnings of seafaring on sails, the island of Hvar was situated in the centre of sea routes in Adriatic. The port of Hvar, being protected by small islands and of naturally excellent shape, made a safe haven for boats, hiding from
  • 4. perilous winds. After a hearty breakfast, we will venture out for more cycling and a lovely walking tour with a local. Our cycling and walking tours will awaken your senses with pleasant Mediterranean climate, rich vegetation of palms, aloes, pine trees, laurel, rosemary and lavender and peaceful coves and islets filled with a multitude of pleasant scents. Because of a very active day, we are stopping for lunch at a delicious local restaurant, Antica Resto. Catch a little rest at the Hotel Podstine, before being treated to a cooking lesson and dinner with local “rockstar”, Margita Viskovic. We must bid goodbye to Hvar tomorrow, so be sure to make a special memory for yourself, before we depart in the morning! Day 5 Private Transfer to Brac Island, Bol Town Lunch on Board the Ship 45 km cycle ride Lodging: Grand Hotel Elaphusa, www.bluesunhotels.com/index.php?show=2148 After a lovely farewell breakfast at Hotel Podstine, we cruise you over to Brac Island, for two days in an unspoiled natural enviroment. Brac Island offers a rich cultural and historic heritage that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal blue sea, high quality accommodation in private facilities and the hospitality of the local people. We’ll stay 2 nights at a newly renovated 4-star Grand Hotel Elaphusa, a 4-star hotel located in a pine forest along a walking promenade midway between Bol and Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most beautiful beach. The hotel’s spa, outdoor pools and other amenities make it a favorite. Bol, approximately 10 minutes walk along a sea- side path has many excellent restaurants and charming center. After a gorgeous cruise to the Island, and lunch on board, you are free to enjoy the hotel’s many amenities and dinner at your own leisure. Remember that Brac Island and Bol are one of the most visited Croatian destinations – there is a reason for that, so be sure to take full advantage of your time to explore and experience. Day 6 48 to 97 km cycle ride Farewell gathering and slide show at Hotel Elaphusa Farewell Dinner at Konoba Gust Lodging: Grand Hotel Elaphusa , www.bluesunhotels.com/index.php?show=2148 We get to wake up in the beautiful town of Bol, situated in the Southern part of the Island of Brac, ready to start another fantastic day. After breakfast at the Hotel, we will cycle out. You will open in Bol the doors of history, which are going back to the ancient times, as we first notice the Roman piscinas and the grave monuments (stela). There are also the old Christian sarcophagus with the engraved crosses, the pre Romanic church of St. Ivan and St. Tudor, the residence of the bishop, the church Madonna of graces, the fortified gothic summer palace, the renaissance and baroque palace with the worthy gallery of contemporary Croatian art 'Branislav Deskovic' and the local church Madonna of Karmel with the motive of an angel with the handkerchief of Veronica. You will have some time in the afternoon to explore the beaches and underwater playgrounds the area has to offer, or cycle an extra loop around the city. However you choose to spend your afternoon, be sure to prepare for an amazing farewell party Southern Visions style with a fabulous slide show documenting our adventures during a lovely cocktail
  • 5. hour at the hotel, followed by a fond farewell dinner from your expert guides at Konoba Gust. Tonight is a night for friends, fun, and memories! Day 7 Private Transfer to Supetar and Split Farewell from the Southern Visions Team We will shuttle you to Supetar, where you will catch your ferry to Split, where you will depart for home or other travels. Of course, if you would like to stay longer, Southern Visions will help you extend your stay or guide you in the right direction home. Remember, Croatians retain a strong attachment to the land and traditions that nourished the dream of independence for so long. There is a real commitment to preserving the extraordinary beauty of the coast, and the land has lured many travelers to stay longer and/or come back to continue to experience and honor the beauty these Croatian Islands have to offer. ARRIVING AND DEPARTING - LOGISTICS After reviewing the following information, please inform us of your arrival and departure plans on the Personal Information Form. - Arrival Arrive in Dubrovnik - Conclusion of the trip Depart from Split - Flight arrangements We recommend flying into Dubrovnik and out of Split FINAL THOUGHTS Please be sure to note these important contact numbers, should you need assistance before, during, or after your trip: Puglia: +39.340.264.4128 or +39.080.743.603 U.S.A: +1.713-540-0989 All tours operated by Active Cultures LLC

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